The Other Ovary,” essay, Litro magazine (December 17, 2017)

Trump, A Monster of Our Own Making,” essay, Huffington Post (November 2, 2017)

Khizr and Ghazala Khan are All of Us,” essay, Hyphen magazine (September 1, 2016)

“Why I Remembered What I Remembered,” essay, Creative Nonfiction, Issue 15 (Summer 2013)

The View from the Sitting Room,” essay, Vela magazine: Travel-inspired creative nonfiction, written by women (July 16, 2013)

“The Women’s Sitting Room,” essay, Best Women’s Travel Writing Vol. 9 (Travelers’ Tales, 2013)

The Tao of Find-Replace,” article, Creative Nonfiction, Issue 47 (Winter 2013)

First Gay, Latino Inaugural Poet’s ‘América’ Tells Every Immigrant’s Story,” op-ed, New America Media website (January 20, 2013)

“Six Syllables,” essay, Best Travel Writing Vol. 9 (Travelers’ Tales, 2012)

Learning to Pray,” essay, Best Women’s Travel Writing Vol. 8, (Travelers’ Tales, 2012)

The Scarf,” essay, Waccamaw: A Journal of Contemporary Literature, Coastal Carolina University, No. 10 (Fall 2012)

“Thanksgiving with the Shirzais,” essay, Little Patuxent Review (Summer 2012)

Six Syllables: Searching for Home, and the Post-9/11 Metaphor, in Kabul,” essay, The Asian American Literary Review Special September 11 Tenth Anniversary Issue (September 2011)

“Vice and Virtue,” essay, Best Women’s Travel Writing 2011, Travelers’ Tales (2011)

Chalkboard Lessons,” essay, Washingtonian magazine (July 2011)

Tweeted Verse of the Day, Tell Me More, National Poetry Month feature, National Public Radio (April 28, 2011)

“Kabul Nights,” essay, CONSEQUENCE magazine (April 2011)

“On the Other Side of the Wall,” essay, The Lindenwood Review, Lindenwood University (June 2011)

Haiti ‘Orphans’ and the Transracial Adoption Dilemma,” essay, The Root (February 9, 2010)

Michael’s Milk of Amnesia: What was Michael Jackson trying to forget when he overdosed on propofol?,” essay, The Root (September 3, 2009)

Hung?: From the nutty mass murderer to the stereotypical street thug, how the media emasculate Asian and black men,” essay, The Root web magazine: July 9, 2009.

“A Picture of a Village,” essay, Tales From Nowhere anthology, (Lonely Planet, 2006)